Arts & Culture

Julia Louis-Dreyfus gets a top award for comedy

WASHINGTON -- After a 35-year acting career and with two iconic television characters to her name -- Elaine Benes of "Seinfeld" and foul-mouthed Vice-President Selina Meyer -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been honored with the Mark Twain Prize for lifetime achievement in comedy.

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Twig Girdlers, not squirrels, may be to blame for fallen twigs

One of the common questions I receive this time of year involves the accumulation of precision-severed branches and twigs laying around in the yard. The twigs first start falling late in the summer but are usually noticed more in the early fall. Many folks contribute this phenomenon to squirrels, strong winds or storms, but it is most likely caused by a member of the longhorned beetle family known as the Twig Girdler.

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Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?'

The early 1990s New York of Marielle Heller's "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" isn't so long ago but it already feels staggeringly distant. It's a New York of publishing industry cocktail parties, of book stores, lots of them, and of scheming, foul-mouthed eccentrics.

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Sunday Datebook

Support groups Narcotics Anonymous meets at 2 and 8 p.m. today at 919 Hobson Ave. This is a 12-step recovery program for people for whom drugs have become a major problem. The Help Line number is 321-8700. Alcoholics Anonymous meets at 11 a.m. with speakers and 8 p.m. today at 411 Sellers St.

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